Rex Tso to battle former world champ
Hong Kong's unbeaten "wonderkid" Rex Tso Sing-yu will put his WBC AMCO Asia Continental super flyweight title on the line next month against a two-time former world champion.
The 25-year-old, fighting for the first time since winning the title last December, will face former WBC light flyweight world champion Wandee Singwancha, of Thailand, in a 12-round title bout at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai on May 28.
Wandee has a whopping record of 67 wins, 16 losses and one draw with 18 KOs and was also WBC minimumweight (105 pound) world title holder from 1999 to 2000 - but has lost four of his past five fights.
Tso's coach and manager Jay Lau Chi-yuen insists the Thai, who lifted the world light flyweight title in 2006, will still prove a tough adversary.
"Wandee has tallied 67 wins and that's really an impressive record for any professional. He might be past his best, but he has a wealth of ring experience and could be a tricky opponent for Rex. It's going to be a really good fight. Wandee has fought some of the best boxers in the world. It's the biggest fight for Rex that's for sure," said Lau.
"I was assured by Wandee's promoter that he will be well prepared. Rex will travel to the Philippines next week to begin one month's intensive training."
Wandee is one of the most respected fighters to come out of Thailand.
He defeated Juanito Rubillar, of the Philippines, in July 2006 to lift the interim WBC light flyweight world title in Bangkok but was stripped of the title in his first defence three months later because he did not make the 108-pound weight limit.
He has boxed an impressive 564 rounds since turning professional at the age of 15.
Tso, who defeated Kyrgyzstan's Timur Shailezov by TKO in his last fight and is also holder of the UBO Asia Pacific super flyweight title, said he was looking forward to the clash.
"It's going to be real tough against such an experienced opponent. I have never challenged somebody who has a ring record quite like this Thai. He has been a professional for many years and experience counts in this sport," said Tso, 8-0 with five KOs.
"I am in great form now and I will be well prepared for the fight."